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Tiny Plastic Credit Cards Are Deceiving

Apr 19, 2008
Being in debt is universal. Everyone falls into the trap of spending more than he can afford. Credit cards, specifically, gives one the impression that he has money, that his spending capacity is higher when in truth; his disposable income has not increased a bit.

Using this tiny plastic card is deceiving because you do not see money go away; you do not see cash going out of your wallet. Come payment time, you realize you really do not have the means to pay for what you have already used up. This is where debt consolidation of unsecured bad debt comes in.

How It Works

From one pocket to another, this is the simplest way to define debt consolidation loans. A debt consolidation merges all debts into a single loan. In laymans term, it is borrowing money from one entity to pay off all other obligations.

Credit card debts and other obligations which were made without any collateral are classified as unsecured loans. Once these loans are left unpaid, they become bad debts. One may ask how he, who is in bad credit standing, can borrow even a bigger amount of money from any bank or lending institution without pledging any collateral.

Nowadays, there are lenders, usually called subprime lenders, who are willing to lend money to people in bad credit standing without requiring any guaranty for payment. In Asia for example, one may even get as much as what those in good credit standing can have. The loan amount and repayment term all depends on the amount of the current debts combined. Of course, it comes with a higher interest rate to compensate for higher credit risk.

Nothing to Lose

Advantages generally outweigh the negatives, if there are any, on debt consolidation. It reduces stress in managing your numerous loans and no tension caused by follow up phone calls, emails, junk mails.

Here, you deal with only a single lender. It also allows an annul percentage rate (APR) that is lower compared to variable rates of your other debts and provides an extended period of payment, say five to ten years.

Where to Go

The Net. Debt consolidation loans are available both online and in your local area. However, the Internet can provide you with more options as it allows you to look for lenders, assess their reputation and credibility, understand the agreement you are about to enter into, inquire from past customers or partners and compare conditions, rates, terms with other lenders before choosing which one best suits your need. You may use several keywords such as debt, debt consolidation, subprime lending, lending firms, unsecured loans and bad debt consolidation to help you refine your search.

Dealing with several overdue debts is no joke, especially when you are not the well organized type of person who can keep track of due dates, minimum payments, interest rates and cut off dates. Missing your due dates, whether intentionally or not, puts you in bad credit standing. This is why combining all your debts into one is a wise move.

Unsecured bad debt consolidation equals one single monthly payment to a single lender. It means not putting your car at risk once you miss a payment. It leads to being debt free and financially secured.
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Zulika van Heerden provides valuable information on her site on how to
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